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TipBITS: Disable Live Text for Easier Selecting in Preview

Having trouble dragging selection handles in Preview because Live Text wants you to select text in the image instead? Here’s how to turn off Live Text if necessary.

Glenn Fleishman 20 comments

Apple Brings Mail Merge Back to Pages

Years after removing the feature in a major rewrite, Apple has returned mail merge to Pages so you can use data from Contacts or a spreadsheet to customize letters, envelopes, or cards.

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How to Use Extra Space on an APFS Time Machine Drive

Want to use the extra space on your APFS-formatted Time Machine drive to store non-backup files? Howard Oakley explains how you can make that possible by creating an APFS volume or an APFS container.

Josh Centers 38 comments

Five Solutions for Pasting Plain Text on a Mac

Most of the time, when you copy and paste text, the original formatting is carried over. We explore a handful of methods for stripping unwanted formatting so you get just the text.

Adam Engst 4 comments

TipBITS: Edit Slack Messages More Easily on the Mac

A recent update to Slack alerted Adam Engst that the app had an option to restore a much-missed feature to open the last message for editing with a single keystroke. If you’ve been pining for that feature, read on.

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TipBITS: Always Show Window Proxy Icons

Adam Engst stumbled across an Accessibility setting that ensures that window proxy icons—those little icons that appear next to window titles—show at all times, rather than after a 1-second hover. This setting returns proxy icons to their former utility, and if you’re not clear what that was, Adam explains that too.

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OWC Releases Affordable Thunderbolt 4 Cables

If you want to avoid confusion surrounding USB-C cable compatibility with USB and Thunderbolt, get a Thunderbolt 4 cable, which supports all the protocol, data throughput, and power delivery possibilities. OWC now sells three Thunderbolt 4 cable lengths for $24, $34, and $57—far less than Apple’s $129 entry.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Luna Display Turns a 27-inch iMac into a 5K Display

The Luna Display dongle, when connected to a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display using Thunderbolt, turns the iMac into a full-fledged 5K display. However, Adam Engst found that it comes with a fair number of tradeoffs.

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LittleBITS: Issue #1600, Card Testing Attack, Preventing Inadvertent Unsubscribes

Is it really TidBITS#1600 already? The weeks just keep slipping by as we write and edit TidBITS and keep up with all that’s necessary for a modern-day Internet presence.

Josh Centers 28 comments

Has Apple Abandoned the iPod touch?

It has now been 1000 days since Apple has updated the iPod touch, the last remaining iPod model. Has Apple abandoned it entirely, or does it still have a future?

Adam Engst 15 comments

Here Be Digital Dragons: Musings on Modern Mapping

Internet mapping services have democratized cartography and brought it to the masses. Adam Engst has been working with maps of late and shares the most effective services, techniques, and tips that he’s found.

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Fantastical 3.6 Adds Self-Scheduling Service

The full-featured calendar app Fantastical from Flexibits has received a significant upgrade in the form of Fantastical Scheduling, a two-part feature that simplifies setting up meetings with others.

Adam Engst 44 comments

Cloud Storage Forecast Unsettled, with Possible Storms

Triggered by a conflation of recent cloud storage issues, Adam Engst examines the real-world experience surrounding cloud storage and explores a variety of quirks, irritations, and gotchas with Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and OneDrive.

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LittleBITS: iCloud Delivery Issues, Naples MUG, Howard Oakley

Many Mac user groups have dissolved or are a shadow of their former selves. Not so the Naples MacFriends User Group, which has embraced the Internet and attracted hundreds of members from around the world. Adam Engst shares more on that, plus recommends Howard Oakley’s work at the Eclectic Light Company blog and provides an update on iCloud delivery problems for TidBITS subscribers.

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LittleBITS: watchOS 8 Birthday Wishes, Printer Predicaments

watchOS 8 wished Adam Engst a happy birthday recently, which was both a nice touch and a small surprise. He also discusses some quirky problems related to printer drivers.